He’s done all the entire preseason with Philippe Clement’s squad. A starter with the Groen-Zwart in the friendly played against Cercle Bruges at the Performance Center (1-0), Thomas Didillon was loaned to AS Monaco for the season on Wednesday. In the wake of the formalization of the agreement, the goalkeeper, trained at FC Metz, also spoke to the press, during the presentation press conference for the new Monegasque signings.
Thomas Didillon’s press conference:
The preseason with AS Monaco
Two years ago, the most important thing for me was to play. We were in the middle of COVID, and at that time the goalkeeper market was challenging. I spoke with Paul (Mitchell), and the goal was to help develop Cercle Brugge and develop myself personally. Then, having trained in preseason with the squad, the goal was to put me among the group and test my performance. I gained ground week after week, and I think I gave a satisfactory response, as evidenced by this loan.
His role in the team
At Cercle Bruges I had the number one status. I think they are two different roles of course, but that does not imply less involvement and quality on the pitch. What also interests me here is my personal progress, because there is everything here, especially with the facilities, to go exceed my limits and progress even more on a daily basis.
We don’t make demands when we sign somewhere, the pitch decides everything. The coach and the team have goals to achieve, and it will be up to me to perform when called upon. I also want to help Alexander Nübel to perform every day. The goal is also to discover a working method based on intensity, and this is something quite incredible. Then, I will try to bring something into the locker room, so that we can all achieve our collective goals together.
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The relationship among the goalkeepers
The atmosphere is serious. We have Alex who already knows the team’s training methods and who in my opinion has great potential. Yann (Liénard) has just rejoined us, after playing U-19 Euros with France. I think we have three good goalkeepers with solid mentalities, and that’s a very good advantage for a club. I have a week more training than them in my legs, but we are learning to work together as we go.